DAF Vice Chair (Chapters Liaison); DAF-Toulouse Member-At-Large

I'm a founding member of the Toulouse Chapter, set up during the GWBush administration, as the war on Iraq was mobilizing Americans across the globe. For many years I was Chair--and have come back to this role as the Trump Administration is a clear and present danger to our nation. All hands on deck!

I was the prime mover behind the worldwide "Bridges for Obama" campaign when he first ran for the nomination in 2008. More recently I edited the 50th anniversary book for Democrats Abroad and am admin on both the DA Toulouse and DA France Facebook pages.

I'm a lifelong Democrat. I worked with former Governor Pat Quinn in Illinois on progressive democratic reforms back in the seventies. I served as deputy press secretary to Daniel Patrick Moynihan when he ran and won his Senate Seat. Before moving to Europe in 1987, I lived in Manhattan and worked in TV news, mainly as a writer and producer for ABC News, writing for Peter Jennings, Sam Donaldson and Hughes Rudd.

My British husband and I moved permanently to our home in the Tarn in 1999. 

  • rsvped +7 for Memorial Day Ceremonies--Lest We Forget! 2019-05-23 14:30:13 -0400

    Memorial Day Ceremonies--Lest We Forget!

    As part of American Memorial Day commemorations, there is an important series of ceremonies taking place in the Tarn over the weekend of June 1 and 2. You are invited to attend. (NOTE: a message from DA had the WRONG DATE for the events. Apologies. These are the correct dates.)

    The events honor two OSS special forces commandos killed in action in August 1944 near the little hamlet of Le Rialet in the Monts de Lacaune. They provided vital help in the Liberation of the region and blew up an important railroad bridge near Mazamet, preventing Nazi forces from rushing to Provence to counter the major Allied landings of Aug 15, 1944.

    Family members related to the men who fought and died are traveling from the USA to attend.

    The presence of the American community is desired too.

    Perhaps the most exciting element will be a parachute drop Sunday morning in homage to the Allied soldiers who parachuted in behind enemy lines at midnight, by moonlight, at low altitude.

    If you are interested, contact Meredith Wheeler for the full agenda of the two-day event.

    There are lunches on both Saturday and Sunday that you are welcome to join. They cost 25 euros--but you need to book in advance.



    June 01, 2019 at 10:30am - June 03, 2019 at 10:30am
    Monument to the Fallen
    Le Rialet in the Tarn
    Le Rialet 81240
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  • Former Toulouse Chapter Chair now Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad France

    In the country committee elections this month, former Chair of Democrats Abroad Toulouse, Meredith Wheeler, was elected to the role of Vice Chair of DAF, specifically charged with Chapter Liaison.

    Meredith remains on the local Toulouse Leadership group too--and indeed she was one of the founding members of the chapter in 2003 (we're celebrating our 15th anniversary). 

    Her first opportunity to cast a vote as a member of the DA France team came last week in Washington D.C., at the Global Meeting of Democrats Abroad. She was part of a large delegation of DA France members who attended, led by the new DA France Chair, Ada Shen.

    Here's the entire delegation: Front row--Meagan Lopez (Vice Chair of the Paris Chapter), Ada Shen (Chair of DA France), Meredith Wheeler (Vice-Chair, DAF)  Back row--Salli Swartz, Alex Rehbinder, Kaitlin Hickey, Joe Smallhoover (International Counsel for DA); Connie Borde (DNC member representing DA).


  • rsvped for JUNE 6- The 75th Anniversary of D-Day 2019-04-22 18:26:00 -0400

    JUNE 6- The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

    June 6, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation. Democrats Abroad France will be there!

    If you are interested in attending the official ceremony on June 6, it is not too early to think about it. Here is the information you need before you RSVP.

    • Democrats Abroad France will be renting a bus with 50 places to take us from Paris to Colleville early on the morning of June 6 and returning after the ceremony the same day. The Ceremony begins at 11 AM so we will likely leave Paris around 5-6 AM.
    • The cost of the bus will be 30 € a person.
    • The bus will be filled first-come-first- serve.
    • No one can be admitted to the ceremony without registering a personalized request to the American Battlefields Monument Commission well-beforehand.
    • Register with the ABMC personally yourself on the link abmc.gov/dday75registration and we will take care of the rest.
    • We suggest bringing a packed lunch or snack for the return bus trip to Paris.

    If you are interested in participating in this historic event with Democrats Abroad France, where heads of State from all over the world will be present, please RSVP to the ABMC right away. In addition, please RSVP here with Democrats Abroad France

    June 06, 2019 at 11am
    The American Cemetery
    Normandy 14710
    Google map and directions
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  • @MeredithWheeler tweeted link to Donate. 2019-02-15 04:16:23 -0500
    Please join me in making a donation to Democrats Abroad travel fund--to help other DA leaders attend the May International meeting in Washington D.C. https://www.democratsabroad.org/donate?recruiter_id=124754

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    DA Donkey Design

    Thank you for joining the DA Donkey Design Challenge!

    Help decorate the Democrats Abroad donkey by donating on behalf of your country. Top donating countries win a featured spot on the decorated donkey.  

    Best of all, proceeds go to our Get Out the Vote campaign for the 2016 elections with 50% of every dollar donated available for Get Out the Vote activities in YOUR country. So everyone is a winner. 

    Donkey Days closes on January 28th and we'll announce the results January 31. The donkey will make its premiere at the Democratic National Convention in July.


Chair, Toulouse Chapter, France. Votes in Manhattan, born and raised in suburban Chicago, Stanford alumni